Its outward appearance is, to put it frankly, rather uninspiring. If I'd come across Bleeding Heart Bistro at random, I probably wouldn't have looked twice. We'd booked a table online, however, as a spur of the moment decision (it was a convenient location for us that day and we'd agreed last minute to have dinner out), and the menu looked pretty good, as were the reviews.
Upon entering, the decor is much more French inspired, more rustic, more pleasant.
I decided on the set menu, a cheerfully cheap way to go at only £18 for 2 courses (£21 for 3). Jarv decided on a starter and main from the a la carte menu.
He started with moules marinières (which I happily assisted him in eating). Nothing new, but they were fresh, large and tasty.
Our mains then arrived. For me, the crispy confit pork belly with spring onion salad.
For Jarv, the steak tartare of Aberdeen beef fillet, which comes with a side of chunky, crispy-on-the-outside frites.
Dessert (part of the set menu) was a decadently thick, heavy dark chocolate mousse with Trinity poached nectarines.
I ate it all with ease, and then proceeded to feel very, very nauseous all evening. Too much heavy food, I suppose! The French certainly don't do 'light' eating, do they?
All in all, for a quick, insanely reasonable and heartily delicious meal in Farringdon, I'd certainly recommend Bleeding Heart Bistro. It does French classics in a simple, uncomplicated style - all flavour, no fuss.
Ignore the slightly cheesy first impression it tends to make, and enjoy a delicious meal in an intimate space. Just ensure you don't confuse it with the restaurant or tavern, both round the corner from the Bistro.